In what could be called as good news for many who had completed their graduation and post graduation from Panjab University (PU) before 2006 but could not get their degrees for some reasons, the PU is all set to digitise all the examination-related documents.
The five-member committee constituted to look into the digitisation process of the varsity documents opened the commercial bait - bidders were asked to offer the rates to work on the project - during a meeting on Wednesday.
PU registrar Colonel GS Chadha (retd) who chaired the meeting said the digitisation is being done keeping in view the convenience of many people who do not have an access to the old PU records.
The varsity has already zero in on a Bangalore-based company to seek help in digitising the records. Meanwhile, the process of digitising a total of 8,000 PhD thesis of the varsity students has already been started, and to date, over 3,600 thesis have been put online.
One of the committee members, Parvinder Singh, said, “At first, we will digitise all the syndicate proceedings and PhD thesis. Following that, all the records and documents of the examination branch will be digitised; the documents as old as 69 years will also be digitised. We have some rare manuscripts of 1927 and some documents of Lahore University, Pakistan. All of them will now be digitised. On a pilot project basis, all the hard copies will be converted into the soft copies.”
He added, “Many software companies were in talks with us to provide these services through the cloud technology but we wanted an in-house server so that the public could have an easy access. To begin with, ` 50 lakh will be spent on the project, and it will be increased as per the requirement.”
Meanwhile, Colonel Chadha (retd) said the aim of the project is to reserve the PU heritage by digitising over 69-year-old documents, which are stored in the examination branch and are in poor state. “Examination related documents will be digitised department-wise, while students’ records will be maintained alphabetically, ”added Col Chandha.
The members said while the digitisation of PhD thesis will be completed in two months, the remaining documents and syndicate meetings will be put online in the next six months.